Scorpion Repel was founded by two childhood friends. They each shared a love for Arizona, and decided to raise their families in the Valley. Both have vast business experience. Tony has run a successful law firm for over ten years, while Aaron has owned his own marketing business and has had leadership roles at multiple major U.S. Corporations.
Like many families in the Valley, both Tony, Aaron and their families have had to deal with the frustration and fear of living with Arizona Bark Scorpions. Tony and Aaron's personal stories below describe just how difficult it is to deal with a scorpion problem. Scorpion Repel was developed over several years out of necessity. Due to this necessity Scorpion Repel's patent pending application was perfected to be the safest and most effective way to repel scorpions from a person’s home. Scorpion Repel will revolutionize the way homeowners protect their families from these dangerous creatures.
An Arizona bark scorpion stung my three-year-old son Jace. Unfortunately, he was not stung once, but three times on his right elbow. He cried for nearly 12 hours. My knowledge and experience with scorpion stings was limited. The Internet had very little information, but due to my son’s young age, it was recommended that I take him to an emergency room immediately. After more than 12 hours at the hospital and a $15,000.00 bill, my son recovered.
I first took my son to an urgent care hospital down the street. The staff seemed inexperienced. They told me that we needed to wait for observation. This took hours. Meanwhile, my son was experiencing the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. His eyes were fluttering and his throat was closing. The staff could not recognize these signs. Of course, my son was agitated, crying and closing his eyes.
After about 3 hours, my son was begging for apple juice. The staff brought him ice chips. My son tried to swallow the small pieces of ice and he began choking. He couldn’t breath. I started to have a panic attack. In that instant I thought I was going to lose him. The staff finally recognized that his throat was closing in. They told me he needed the anti-venom, which they did not have.They called for an ambulance but it took 2 hours before it arrived. My son was stable, but still in bad shape.
When my son arrived at the hospital, the doctor and staff were ready for him. They prepped him for an IV with anti-venom. He was still in pain and needed a second dosage. Eventually, 12 house later, this horrible experience was over.
Before I left the hospital, I called Aaron to tell him what happened. I knew he had been working on a scorpion repellant and wanted my help. I told him that I did not want this to ever happen to anyone else and that I was ready to help him with Scorpion Repel. My son’s pain and suffering could have been prevented. The scorpion that stung him was in my home. The pesticides I had outside did not prevent this scorpion from coming into my home. I worked with Aaron on the final version of Scorpion Repel. We also developed a safe and effective way to apply it to just about any home in the Valley. My home was treated with Scorpion Repel and has not had any scorpion infiltration.
Along with my wife Melissa and our one year old son Mason, we moved into our current home in 2012. We found the perfect home in the perfect location to raise our family. We couldn't be more excited about the big back yard and the location. We had very little experience with scorpions even though Melissa was raised here and I've been in the Valley for over 20 years. Our first summer was a bit of a shock to say the least. We found one Scorpion, then another and another and another. It was almost a daily occurrence in the summer time.
With some advice from a neighbor, I bought a blacklight and decided to check my house at night. I found four scorpions that night inside my home! The second night I ventured outside into our big backyard and to my shock found over 10 scorpions around our home. I came to the realization that our home was infested.
My wife and I started do some research on the Arizona Bark Scorpion. The news was frightening. Not only was the Arizona Bark Scorpion the most venomous Scorpion in North America, we also discovered all the stories online on how difficult it is to manage a scorpion infestation. Our thoughts immediately went to our 1 year old Mason. It was enormously stressful having a curious 1 year old exploring a home infested with Scorpions. We didn’t want to start spraying dangerous pesticides inside our home. So we did more research and decided to seal our home.
We paid almost $2,000.00 to have a company use silicone and caulk to seal any holes or openings. The company seemed to be very professional, and we were looking forward to a scorpion-free home. Unfortunately it didn't work. In fact a year after they sealed our home we had an increase in the amount of scorpions we were finding. We even started finding baby scorpions daily!
We eventually started using pesticides outside the home to help deter them. We literally tried everything, even applying the pesticides ourselves at night to get the best results. After trying self applied pesticides and going through three different pest control companies we were back to where we started seeing no improvement. My wife wanted to move before our son got stung. We have two friends whose children have been stung and both stories were terrible. As it turned out, I would be the one to get stung.
I got stung while walking into one of our bedrooms at night. I stepped on a scorpion. The pain felt like electric shocks running through my body. I took pain medication, but the pain would not go away. I called poison control and the poison control rep told me there isn’t much I can do and I might be feeling pain for up to 6 months! I was in bed for several days recovering (even missing two days of work because I couldn’t walk). Now my wife really wanted to move. I didn’t want to move, I loved our home.
Over the next couple of years, I studied the Arizona bark scorpion. I learned its habits, traits and movement. I discovered that pesticides were not as effective as people believe. Scorpions have several appendages that help it move right over the pesticide. I tried lavender and cedar oil around my home, but the same thing kept happening - the scorpions moved right over the lavender and cedar oil. I was frustrated but then it hit me. I tested and experimented with various formulations that would be applied to the base of my home. At night, I caught several scorpions to test my formulation. After many months of trial and error – it worked. Scorpions could not get in my home. I applied Scorpion Repel to my home and we went from finding 3-5 Scorpions inside a day to 2 in 2 months! The next summer was amazing!!! We only found one in my home the entire summer. I could walk around my home without shoes again. My wife wasn’t talking about selling our home. Most importantly I finally felt like our young son was safe. It was like a 10,000 pound weight was lifted off our shoulders. I knew I needed to provide this relief to those families struggling with Scorpions and help families never have to deal with all the stress of dealing with Scorpions again.
This whole experience has lead me to have a lot of respect for the Arizona Bark Scorpion. These creatures have been around for a long long time. I believe it’s possible to keep these creatures away from our homes without using harsh chemicals.